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he first of September signals the start Troika Design Workshop continues to deliver management philosophy. They looked at the
of spring in Zimbabwe and it was an the future of the built environment with yet highly successful WeWork model of more flexible
appropriate move by Mi GYM to open their another upmarket complex in Greendale. Sitari office and workspace solutions. Many smaller
new gym at Rolf Valley Shopping Centre. Mi GYM is Private Estate is all luxury and convenience. It is entrepreneurs don’t need full-time, dedicated
a well-planned and carefully thought out space unmissable with its landscaped street frontage office space but just the convenience of a desk,
guaranteed to give you a unique gym experience and the gatehouse with a distinct V-shaped roof internet access, related inspired by
as it is now the most advanced health and wellness along Coronation. It has 48 three-bedroom units, our commercial feature on page 52.
hub in Zimbabwe. See our main feature on page 11. designed with young families in mind but also
ideal for retired or elderly couples looking for Only Italian is celebrating its 10th anniversary
Our Industrial feature is Bluetek and they supply security and convenience with the added benefit with an exciting new range of office furniture
a number of leading generator brands including of guest rooms for visiting friends and family. that’s right up to date with international trends
Perkins, Kohler, Lister Petter, MorePower, and Indulge in our residential profile on page 39. in workplace design. Their new range of colourful
IMC powered by Honda. They are also the official furniture is specifically selected to bring a
sole distributors for the well-known brand of Aksa Old Mutual continues to do great things every feeling of delight and playfulness to the work
generators which are manufactured in Turkey. day and has opened a new Innovation Hub – environment. It is all ergonomically designed to
In addition, Bluetek assembles its own brand of called Eight2Five – situated within Three Anchor be comfortable, healthy, and practical. Like and
generators called Bluemax which is very similar House, which is a prime example of their ability follow their Facebook page and stand a chance to
to the Honda generator. Not only does Bluetek to adapt to current trends. It’s in line with their win 1 of their beautiful canteen units. Our space
supply and install these generators they have a full philosophy of changing their business pattern of the month on page 66.
range of spares in stock and a well-trained team of to suit current needs while at the same time
technicians offering servicing, engine overhauls, and helping to renew and regenerate our urban All Structure & Design content, and much more
repairs to electrical and other components. Visit them environment. In recognition of the urban flight, is available online on our website and ISSUU but
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Celebrating Their 10th
…Only Italian continues
to delight and inspire
text by Michael Nott
photos by Structure and Design

Only Italian is celebrating
its 10th anniversary this
year with an exciting
new range of office
furniture that’s right up to date with
international trends in workplace
design. Their theme for the new
range is ‘Back to Colour’, a welcome
relief from the preponderance of grey
and monochrome colour schemes
of the last few years. Only Italian’s
new range of colourful furniture is
specifically selected to bring a feeling
of delight and playfulness to the
work environment. But it’s not only
visually pleasing – their furniture
is ergonomically designed to be
comfortable, healthy and practical.


Mirella Bescotti is the founder and managing director of Only Italian, which was
started 10 years ago in a small flat in Avondale. The company was so successful
that they soon moved to their current premises in Williams Way in Msasa which
is still their head office and warehouse. Two years ago, Mirella opened the new
showroom in the Celestial Office Park in Borrowdale, just opposite Celebration
Centre, where you can see their new range beautifully displayed.

Mirella is always up to date with current trends in office design and points out
that major corporations like Google and Apple have begun moving away from the
austere Scandinavian aesthetic and embraced brighter, happier, more whimsical
office interiors. Contemporary Italian designs for office furniture are still minimalist
with clean simple lines but there’s an emphasis on quality and style and a more
refreshing and vibrant outlook. Mirella describes the present trend as embodying
a philosophy of rejuvenating the office experience. Office design trend watchers
K2 Space is predicting the return of bright colours, prints, patterns and even
decorative wallpapers and wall graphics.

Even before the global Corona virus
pandemic there had already been a
movement towards office designs that were
more domesticated, relaxed and informal
with spaces for workers to take a break
from their desks and de-stress during the
day. For a few years now office designers
have been increasingly focused on work
environments that are flexible and casual.
Employees are no longer expected to
spend their days locked away in dingy little
cubicles with uncomfortable, drab furniture.
Management is increasingly realising that
if their staff is happy and healthy then their
productivity increases dramatically, and
there’s a heightened sense of team spirit
and co-operation. Office design these
days is intended to be more stimulating
and inspirational rather than regimented,
disciplined and rigid. Besides, a bright
and more cheerful work space has been
shown to increase creativity and innovative
thinking. Mirella believes that ‘The Office’
should be a place where workers look
forward to spending their time.

Even CEOs and top executives are
embracing the trend. In the old days
the size of a manager’s desk was in
direct proportion to his or her perceived
importance. A huge, heavy, bulky desk
in sombre dark wood was considered
something of a status symbol, especially
when paired with an enormous chair
upholstered in dark leather. Thanks in part
to the advent of laptops executive desks
are becoming much smaller, lighter and
more streamlined and many managers
now prefer a modestly sized office with
a simple desk and an ergonomically
designed chair.

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Only Italian has a great new range of executive desks and chairs that are
elegant and sophisticated while still making a prestigious impression.
Speaking to Mirella, she points out that more people are now working from
home so the home office is becoming a vital element of our new lifestyles.
When the pandemic first started many people resorted to setting up their
laptops on their kitchen tables or any other corner of their home where they
could fit. After months of lockdown and not getting out of the house many
people are finding the kitchen table an increasingly awkward and tedious
place to work. Only Italian has the perfect solution. They have small, neat,
practical desk and chair sets that you can use to create your own dedicated
work space away from the endless household distractions, and you won’t
need to set up and then pack away your ‘office’ on a daily basis. The designs
are simple and unobtrusive and would work well with almost
any existing home décor scheme. The desks were originally
designed for students to study at home so they’re very
affordable too. For many of us it seems working from home
will be an ongoing lifestyle choice for months or even years to
come, so you might as well create a space that you enjoy where
you can focus on being creative and productive.
Mirella believes that the pandemic has caused a major change
in our work life that will continue well into the future even after
the crisis is over. While the office is not dead, a lot of people
will only find it necessary to go the office for a few hours a
week or for team meetings and not on a full time basis. Only
Italian’s range is perfectly suited to the current blurring of the
distinction between home and office space.
Only Italian sources most of its range directly from Italy,
although they also work with local manufacturers for specific
customer’s needs. Their main suppliers in Italy are the leading
brands LineKit, IVM and SCAB Design - all renowned for top
quality furniture in the latest styles that are on trend with
modern international office design.


Their ranges include shared workstations, individual desks and chairs,
executive desks, boardroom and meeting room tables, storage solutions,
reception desks and furniture for waiting areas. In addition, they have now
introduced COVID screens for the workplace to keep workers feeling safe
and healthy – there are both clip on screens and movable self-standing
screens in clear Perspex.

Apart from supplying furniture, Only Italian also offers a design service
so they can visit your office (or work from plans) to give you advice about
what furniture would work best – and look good - in your space. Their
delivery and installation services are first class, and all their products are
fully backed up so in case of any problem, which rarely happens, items can
be repaired or replaced.

A few of their major corporate clients include Old Mutual, CABS, Stanbic,
and Econet, as well as coffee shops like Café de Paris. Take a look at the
article on the new Eight2Five Innovation Hub on page 50 to see Only
Italian’s furniture in a brand-new office setting.

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To find out more:
Visit their showroom at Block C, Celestial Office Park, Borrowdale.
Check out their website:
or their Facebook page: Only Italian Office Furniture
Call: 0772 340 797 or 0242 886 254


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text by Michael Nott
new photos by Andrew Schoeman and Structure and Design
plans supplied by Brymer and Associates Architects
some renders and joinery details by Jo Pieters Designs
before photos by Derek Cockcroft

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main profile HE OLD ROLF VALLEY
GYM in Fisher Avenue, just
18 STRUCTURE & DESIGN opposite St John’s College,
has recently been reborn

Tas MiGym. It’s much bigger

and more spacious with the most up to date
equipment and modern, comfortable and
stylish facilities. There’s even a restaurant
and cafe on the premises run by the well-
known Freshly Ground coffee shop group.

Work on the new gym started late 2018 and
the gym officially opened to the public on 1st
September this year. As 1st September is
officially the first day of Spring in Zimbabwe
it was an appropriate day to open signalling a
new start for a unique gym experience.

The opening, which was originally scheduled
to take place much sooner, was delayed
by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic
but it’s now finally completely ready, and
it was certainly worth the wait. MiGym has
managed to get permission from the Sports
and Recreation Commission to open during
this period, and shall have strict safety
precautions in place to ensure the safety of
its staff and members.

During the construction phase the gym was
still operational in a temporary facility on
St John’s grounds. The gym has a unique
relationship with St John’s whereby it
manages the Sports Development of the St
John’s students in conjunction with St John’s
Sports Department.

Some innovative technology has been
incorporated in the final building plan,
including a water-recycling system, whereby
grey water will be processed through a
filtration and irrigation scheme to minimise the
use of water within the facility. Power efficient
equipment has been installed to reduce the
energy requirement, and a solar solution shall
be installed shortly to provide all of the gym’s
power requirements during daylight hours.

The coffee shop defines the entrance to the
gym giving it a relaxed and casual vibe. It’s
open to gym members, gym staff as well
as the general public looking for a place for
an informal meeting, a coffee fix or a quick
breakfast or lunch, as well as takeaways.
There are lots of indoor and outdoor spaces
to relax, view the gym activities and indulge
in a general spot of people watching. Also
visible from the entrance is the long narrow
exercise pool which is an important tool for
physiotherapy and general wellness. The
pool is slightly raised above the deck, and a
pergola over the deck creates an impressive
entrance vista.
Provision has been made for the deck and

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main profile

East elevation 1:100

the pool to be lit up at night which will be dramatic and impressive. A glazed curtain wall running the length of the north façade
provides good views into the gym as well as allowing natural light to fill the space.

1 3 2 13 3 2 13 1 3 2
23 1 1 1 1
3 1 3 2

North elevation 1:100 When the owners first approached the
architectural and project management team
20 STRUCTURE & DESIGN of Merinda and Ian Brymer (Brymer and
Associates Architects based in Knysna) they
planned to renovate the existing gym as a
small scale project with mostly cosmetic
changes. However, it quickly became obvious
that in order to accommodate everything
the building would need to grow into a
much bigger development with some major
structural work involved. It was then decided
to take the refurbishments to a new level and
Brymer and Associates and Jo Pieters Design
Studio (also based in Knysna) came on board
to create a truly world class facility.

existing fire escape

Cardio shwr shwr
Double volume

bench Dance

down shwr shwr

steam rm

powder 1 up veranda
Cardio down
up down

up up

Restaurant treadmills manager Reception
below below below

First floor plan

Court yard exist fire escape
Timber pergola over
shwr shwr
shwr shwr


mezzanine over

Xfit up

treadmills Sweat 1000





Outdoor restaurant

desk store shwr shwr
restaurant Reception up
manager induction

office ablutions



New Walkway entry

Pergola over

New pool

Ground floor plan

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Marketing & Sales Executive
Cell : +263 712 606 838;

+263 712 609 541;
+263 734 243 412 (Designing)
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PO Box 1990, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Without drastically extending the
footprint of the existing building
the solution was to add a first floor/
mezzanine to significantly increase the
usable space. Much of the old building
has been retained with the first floor
mezzanine designed to fit into the existing
structure. The decision to retain a lot of
the original structure creates a pleasing
interaction between the old and the new
parts of the building. In particular the old
concrete columns, roof trusses and brick
walls contrast with the newer, slick, steel
and glass sections.

The mezzanine has a partial void over the
central part of the gym giving the ground
floor a more spacious and open feel as
well as creating a kind of gallery to view
the activity below. In the foreseeable
future the roof over the first floor/
mezzanine will be further developed to
create a second storey for additional
office and admin space, other health
related practitioners and associated retail

The ground floor has been planned to
accommodate the coffee shop and pool,
as mentioned, as well as the reception,
the manager’s office and ablutions.
The main open floor space has been
designed for functional and strength
training. On the western side, behind the
steel staircase leading to the mezzanine
floor, is the MiHiit studio designed for
high intensity cardio classes, which has
an incredible outlook over the St John’s
“Cabbage Patch” sports field.

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main profile

There are generous
changing rooms and
ablutions in the gents
section which includes
a steam room as
well as an outdoor
shower courtyard
to supplement the
indoor showers. The
outdoor showers
are an invigorating
experience after a

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The mezzanine floor, overlooking the
functional training area, is mostly
dedicated to cardio exercise space.

The second storey on the western side
of the property accommodates the
ladies changing rooms and ablutions as
well as a steam room and dressing room
facilities. In addition, the second storey
has spacious spin and yoga/dance
studios. Dance Avenue, run by Michelle
Nativel and partner Gwinyai ‘Airborne’
Masangomai, is a well-established
dance school which will operate from the
dance studio.

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Apart from these facilities the gym also to not just look good but also to work practically that all the final touches and inevitable snags
accommodates yoga classes, physio and for the specific needs of each space. Pieters were completed correctly and on time for
rehabilitation sections as well as a bio- designed all of the bespoke joinery including the the handover. Both Brymer and Pieters have
assessment service. All these features, reception desk, lockers and benches, screens praised the professionalism and commitment
combined in a well-planned and carefully and the timber wall cladding. Much of the joinery of Kiggen and our local contractors and with
thought out space create the most work was manufactured in South Africa in flat modern communication methods the project
advanced health and wellness hub in pack form and reassembled locally. ran without too many hitches.
The Knysna team has worked closely with the The design and planning of the gym saw
Pieters, after many changes and adaptations, local main contractor Kiggen Construction some innovative solutions employed.
designed the final interior look and feel of the who, despite the lockdown, were able to The roof above the first floor (which will
gym in conjunction with the architects. There’s source and supervise a variety of sub- become the floor of the second storey
an overall pared back, minimalist aesthetic. contractors to realise their designs to very high when the second phase of the development
Paint colours for the walls and tiles for the international standards. Although it was a little is done) was constructed using a system
bathrooms have been selected in shades of awkward working on the project from South called Luxwood. Although it has been used
black, grey and white with pops of yellow in Africa the project team managed to come to in South Africa for a while it seems it’s the
keeping with the industrial look and MiGym’s Zimbabwe on a regular basis to ensure that first time this product has been used in
corporate branding. Floor finishes were selected everything was running according to plan and Zimbabwe.

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main profile

The product comes in hollow panels which are fitted together MIGYM SUPPLIERS
like a Lego set, and it can be used for roofs, suspended floors
or as wall panels. The panels come in modules of 450mm wide Ian Brymer
and 100mm thick with a thin wall (6mm) and cavities to reduce Ece Africa
weight. It’s manufactured in China as an extruded polymer product Jo Pieters Design
made of fly ash, plastic and resin. Most of the materials used are Lyle Kiggen
from recycled sources so it’s quite a ‘green’ product. When used Geoff Clack
for suspended floors or roofs it has a number of benefits. It’s Warapp Engineering
considerably lighter than a concrete slab (about one third of the Mountain Peak
weight) so there’s much less structural steel required to support it. Willy Barnard
The system can therefore span greater distances for considerably Wood Millers SA
less cost – at the gym the span is about 18m. It’s a lot quicker to BK Painters
install than a conventional concrete slab which would be cast on Gerry Harrison
shuttering so it not only saves on time it saves labour costs too. Glow Lighting
It’s a lot less messy than pouring concrete and it doesn’t need Adriaan Heyns
large amounts of water. It offers excellent acoustic and thermal Thermacool Zimbabwe
insulation and there’s no thermal shrinkage. At the moment the Penta Systems SA
product is guaranteed for twenty years - the time span that it’s Beneath Your Feet
been around for so far. Although some basic training is needed it’s
not a difficult product to work with and the best artisans for the To find out more about gym membership and all the programmes
installation are carpenters, as the process is similar to working with on offer contact:
timber. Nick van den Berg from Mountain Peak Construction (based 5 Fisher Avenue, Rolf Valley, Ballantyne Park, Harare, Zimbabwe
in Port Elizabeth) has extensive experience with the product and he Call: +263 772 287 840
came up to Harare to assist Kiggen Construction with the assembly Email: [email protected]
and to offer his expert guidance. In fact, his preferred approach
is to introduce the product to contractors, get them comfortable
and competent working with it, and then simply offer advice as
and when needed. To find out more about this revolutionary new
product contact Nick van den Berg: [email protected] or
[email protected].

About the flooring solution architect Ian Brymer says, “We were
looking for a product that was light weight, relatively quick to
supply, easy and quick to install (without the mess and time delays
associated with shuttering and pouring concrete). We originally
considered pre-cast/stressed concrete slabs but the weight and
crane requirements were too onerous. After some research we
decided on Luxwood as the best product.”

The building has other green credentials too incorporated in the
design. All the hot water is heated using heat pumps which are about
60% more efficient than conventional electrical geysers. The lighting
is all LED for lower consumption and the pool has a solar blanket to
reduce the electricity used for heating. There is minimal need for
additional heating or cooling within the gym as the big glass sliding
doors on the north, east and west faces can be fully opened to allow
natural ventilation in summer or closed off to allow solar radiation to
warm up the spaces in winter.

MiGym offers health and fitness solutions for everyone regardless of
your age or level of fitness. It’s also a great place to get together with
friends for a coffee or a meal and it promises to become the newest,
trendiest meeting place in the Northern suburbs, even if you’re not
the gym going type.



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Power The Nation

text by Michael Nott
photos by Structure and Design

BLUETEK GENERATORS was where they first started out, although they the property in 2015 and then last year
founded in 2007 by Mr Clive have recently made some major extensions – in September 2019 – they started on
Chiwadzimba and has rapidly to their offices. They also have a shop at 93 some extensions to the existing house
grown to become one of the leading Harare Street in the city centre as well as which were completed in December the
suppliers of generators, water pumps and distributors in other major centres. same year. The property was originally
solar systems in Zimbabwe. Their head a residential house, but like many of the
office, showroom and workshop is situated After renting the property at 285 Samora properties in this area of Eastlea it had
at 285 Samora Machel Avenue, Eastlea Machel for a number of years they bought been converted to commercial use.


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Because the company was growing so fast
they needed to extend their showroom to
display their growing range of products.
The extension was originally conceived
of as a single storey addition to their
existing showroom but the plan soon
evolved to become a double storey with the
showroom downstairs and offices upstairs
for management and administration. This
helped to free up more space in the existing
house for their stock and spares and their

The design for the extension was drawn up
by local company KP and Sons Consultancy
who then adapted the design to include
the first floor. Adding the concrete slab
for the top floor meant that two additional
pillars had to be included downstairs for
support. KP and Sons Consultancy worked
together with local company Light Structural
Engineers to reinforce the foundations,
install the supporting pillars and cast the
first floor concrete slab.

Large glass and aluminium windows and
doors and white ceramic tiled floors help
to make the showroom look bright and
attractive. The first floor also has white
ceramic floor tiles and generous windows.
The design includes a small balcony leading
off from Mr Chiwadzimba’s office with a view
out over Samora Machel Avenue.

Linking the ground floor showroom and
the first floor offices is a steel staircase
with teak treads and aluminium hand rails.
OCA Glass Concepts and Stainless Steel
manufactured and installed the staircase
while Alumin Structures supplied the frames
and glass for windows and doors. Apart from
the offices there are also restrooms and
a small kitchenette upstairs so it’s a very
comfortable place to work.

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Bluetek supplies a number of leading generator
brands including Perkins, Kohler, Lister Petter,
MorePower and IMC powered by Honda. They are
also the official sole distributors for the well-known
brand of Aksa generators which are manufactured
in Turkey. In addition Bluetek assemble their own
brand of generators called Bluemax which is very
similar to the Honda generator. Not only does
Bluetek supply and install these generators they
have a full range of spares in stock and a well-
trained team of technicians offering servicing,
engine overhauls and repairs to electrical and other

Bluetek offers excellent advice to customers
to suit their needs and can install full off-grid
systems for areas where there is no electricity
at all or where uninterrupted power is essential.

To support their generator section
Bluetek also offers solar powered
systems – solar panels, inverters,
batteries and UPSs - from leading
international brands like Must Solar
and Baykee and as well as local
Forge products including solar

In addition to their generators and
solar systems Bluetek also supply
and install water pumps from
leading brands like Kissan and IMC
powered by Honda as well as their
own Bluemax pumps.


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Pumps vary in size from 4.2hp up to 10hp in both diesel and petrol ranges and their pumps
can also be solar powered. They provide slurry pumps, submersible pumps for boreholes
and pumps for domestic purposes, irrigation pumps for commercial farms, extraction
pumps for the mining industry and pumps for the manufacturing industry. Bluetek has a
solution for all your power and water needs anywhere in the country. Like their generators
Bluetek offers a full spares, servicing and repair service for their water pumps.


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In an exciting new development Bluetek has
been appointed the sole distributors for the
Zest WEG Group and will soon be holding
their official WEG launch. WEG supply –
amongst other products – electric motors,
switch gear, variable speed drives and other
electrical components and accessories.
Just a few of Bluetek’s major customers
include Old Mutual, ZB Bank, Agribank
and the Zimbabwe Open University as
well as large scale farms, mines and the
manufacturing and industrial sector.

Bluetek offers great, personalised customer
service including free on site surveys and
installation as well as free delivery for
customers within Harare and a 24/7 backup
service nationwide.

To find out more:
Visit: 285 Samora Machel Avenue, Eastlea
Call: 0242 747 749
Email: [email protected]

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Estate – Luxury and


text by Michael Nott
photos by Structure and Design

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Since the suburb of Greendale in Harare
was rezoned for high density residential
development there have been a number
of town house and cluster house
projects built in the area but none quite
as impressive or upmarket as the new
Sitari Private Estate situated at 146
Coronation Avenue. If you’re passing,
Sitari is unmissable with its landscaped
street frontage and the gate house with a
distinct V-shaped roof.

It’s a great location being conveniently
close to Kamfinsa Shopping Centre on
one side and Food Lovers Market on
the other side. There are a number of
ECD and day care centres close by and
Courtney Selous junior school is within
easy walking distance. There are medical
facilities and a veterinary centre close by
as well as numerous other facilities like
churches, the Greendale District Office
and the Greendale Library. It’s close to
the Msasa industrial area and has easy
access to the CBD.

The complex, developed by Troika Design
Workshop, has 48 three bedroom units
each with double parking space and
there’s overflow parking for visitors.
There’s communal front garden space
and each unit has its own small fenced
off garden along the side and at the back.
Other amenities within the complex
include a swimming pool, a clubhouse
for residents and an on-site gym. There
are water storage tanks, a borehole and a
400kva generator for the whole complex
– so if you’re staying here water and
power woes will be a thing of the past.

The single access point at the gatehouse
is manned 24 hours a day and in addition
there’s CCTV, Rapid Response and the
perimeter wall has razor wire and electric
fencing. This makes the complex very
secure and creates the perfect ‘lock up
and go’ environment for people on the
move who are travelling for business or
pleasure. While the units are designed
with young families in mind they’d also be
ideal for retired or elderly couples looking
for security and convenience with the
added benefit of guest rooms for visiting
friends and family.


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Each freestanding, duplex unit contains two
individual homes with the entrances slightly
offset for privacy. The front entrance doors
are solid timber on a pivot hinge with in-set
mortise locks for added security. The units
are constructed largely from facebrick so
there’s little exterior maintenance. Feature
wall sections on the facades have been
painted in bright, fun colours which are
modern and trendy and give each home a
unique identity. Roofs are Chromadek, also
slightly offset so that the A-frame shape is
partially broken up. The windows and the
folding doors at the back of the units are
framed in anodised black aluminium which
are virtually maintenance free.

Inside, on the ground floor, there’s a fully
fitted open plan kitchen with a separate
scullery and laundry area. The scullery has
its own entrance so domestic staff can come
and go without disturbing the main living
space. The laundry has a built in washing
machine and the kitchen has built in top of
the range Bosch appliances.

The built in fridge and freezer are concealed
behind doors that blend in with the cabinetry
and there’s ample storage space for a home
pantry behind matching doors. Overall it’s
sleek, neat and efficient as well as being easy
to keep clean and well-ordered and there’s
generous counter space for food preparation
or for serving meals.

The kitchen overlooks the open plan lounge
and dining area which has Italian ceramic
floor tiles that look great and are easy to
maintain with minimal fuss. There’s a built
in asymmetrical unit for storage and display
that’s ideally suited to support a TV, decoder,
DVD player and sound system. There’s also
additional overhead storage supplied.


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The feature wall has been left un-plastered but painted to add texture and
interest to the space. Doors open out to the private garden for space, light and
that characteristic Zimbabwean lifestyle – indoor/outdoor living.

There’s a four plate convection hob set into the
Caesarstone counter top with an extraction fan hood
above it and there’s a separate oven and microwave.

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Just inside the front entrance is a guest powder room and opposite The wall unit has drawers for storage and could also function as a
it a staircase with a stainless steel balustrade that leads up to the dressing table for ladies to do their hair or makeup. The bedroom has
first floor. At the top of the stairs is the master bedroom with en suite large windows which make the space airy and light as well as a small
bathroom. The bedroom has very spacious built in cupboards as well Juliet balcony overlooking the back garden. The generous en suite
as an asymmetrical wall mounted unit similar the one in the lounge. bathroom is elegant and functional.


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